Student Ambassadors

Throughout the nation, over 350 of our Colleges of Distinction are helping students learn, grow, and succeed with individual-focused services and curricula. Now, the students who have benefitted from these schools are reaching out to encourage prospective college-goers. By featuring the experiences of current students, Colleges of Distinction is giving prospective students a way to know what they’re jumping into—rather than being the first off the dock.

Our member schools are invited to recommend that a student participate in the Colleges of Distinction Student Ambassador program. Students will be tasked writing a piece to be published on the Advice for Students section of our website. 

Meet our ambassadors!

Daniel Hunt

Communication Arts, alumni

Daniel Hunt

Communication Arts, alumni

Originally from Bowling Green, KY, Daniel Hunt now lives in Williamsburg, KY, after graduating from the University of the Cumberlands with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Arts (Digital Marketing & Media). During his time at the University of the Cumberlands, Daniel worked as a Digital Content Specialist for the Marketing & Communications Department, creating videos and photos for the university’s use on social media. Daniel now works as a Communications Specialist for Mountain Tech Media, a small digital marketing company specializing in web design, videography, app development, multimedia campaigns, graphic design, animation, and photography. Daniel loves to travel and explore the great outdoors with friends, all while capturing and producing photos and videos as  both a passion and a career.

Olivia O'Malley

Double Majoring in History and Political Science, minor in Communication Arts, Senior

Olivia O'Malley

Double Majoring in History and Political Science, minor in Communication Arts, Senior

Olivia O’Malley is a senior at University of the Cumberlands where she is completing a double major in History and Political Science with a minor in Communication Arts. She has been involved with local historical societies, College Republicans, and residence life during her time at UC. O’Malley is president of the Upsilon-Upsilon chapter of Phi Alpha Theta and a residence hall director.

Student’s Advice

Selena Sandoval

Kinesiology & Business Minor, Sophomore

Selena Sandoval

Kinesiology & Business Minor, Sophomore

Selena Sandoval is a sophomore at Notre Dame de Namur University majoring in Kinesiology and minoring in Business. She’s a pitcher and first baseman on the softball team and works in the Admissions Office. Selena is the first in her family to attend university.

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Jada Lawson

Psychology & Sociology, Sophomore

Jada Lawson

Psychology & Sociology, Sophomore

Jada Lawson is a sophomore at Notre Dame de Namur University. She is also a Bonner Leader, volunteering at a local elementary school. Her part-time job is caring for an autistic child. Jada enjoys taking hip hop dance classes and watching comedies on NetFlix. 

 

Student’s Advice

Hannah Scott

Double Majoring in Public Relations and Political Science, Senior

Hannah Scott

Double Majoring in Public Relations and Political Science, Senior

Hannah Scott is a senior at Anderson University from Goshen, Indiana, double majoring in public relations and political science. Scott is the Senior Account Manager at Fifth Street Communications®, a member of the Admissions Student Ambassador team, and vice president for her PRSSA chapter. She has also been involved in various clubs during her time at AU, such as College Democrats and Adelphi, the campus social and service club.

 

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James Yates

Church Planting, Youth and family Ministry, Human Services, Junior

James Yates

Church Planting, Youth and family Ministry, Human Services, Junior

James Yates is a non-traditional student in his junior year pursuing degrees in Church Planting, Youth and Family Ministry, and Human Services at the University of the Cumberlands. Yates is a pastor of a church in Williamsburg, Kentucky and hopes to use his degrees to connect the local church with the professional helping field. He loves Jesus, his wife, the local church, Kansas City sports, and the Ohio State Buckeyes.

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Monica Barry

Double Majoring in English and History

Monica Barry

Double Majoring in English and History

Monica Barry is a fourth-year student at Dominican University of California double majoring in English, with a Creative Writing emphasis, and History with a minor in Visual Studies. She is originally from Los Angeles, CA, and has resided in sunny San Rafael, CA, since 2016. She is a member of Dominican University’s Office of Admissions Student Ambassador team, Vice President of Dominican University History Club, and manager of the Tuxedo Literary Arts Journal. In Fall of 2018, she studied world history at the University of Oxford.

Callie Gargano

Accounting, Junior

Callie Gargano

Accounting, Junior

Callie Gargano is a senior at Schreiner University studying Accounting and Finance. She is involved on campus, including being the Ambassador Coordinator, tutoring business subjects for Learning Support Services, and being a part of Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority. She is also a Hatton Sumners Scholar and a member of the Alpha Chi and Sigma Beta Delta honors societies. She is excited about starting her third internship this summer.

Katie Arestad

Business and Minor in Business, Junior

Katie Arestad

Business and Minor in Business, Junior

Katie Arestad is a junior at Lycoming College majoring in Business and getting a minor in English Literature. Katie Arestad is a Student Social Media Ambassador for the College. She is the Vice President of her sorority Alpha Xi Delta, the Vice President of Lycoming’s Student Government, and a member of Lycoming’s Cheer Team.

 

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Matteson Williams

Cybersecurity, Minor in Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation, Junior

Matteson Williams

Cybersecurity, Minor in Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation, Junior

Matteson Williams is a junior at Utica College majoring in Cybersecurity and minoring in Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation. She is involved in the Organization of Justice Studies, helps students as a Teacher Assistant, and works in the Office of Admissions. Her goal is to work in digital forensics and cyber-criminal investigations. 

 

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Harrison Conner

Premedical Biology, Senior

Harrison Conner

Premedical Biology, Senior

Harrison Conner grew up in Franklin, North Carolina where he loved spending time with friends, playing sports, and succeeding in school. His passion for sports led him to compete in at the collegiate level in cross country and track and field for Western Carolina University where he is currently a senior. He will graduate in May with a degree in Pre-Medical Biology and a minor in Chemistry. He plans to attend East Carolina University as a Dental Medicine student with the goal to practice dentistry in his hometown.

 

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Claren McCormick

Athletic Training and Minor in Psychology, Senior

Claren McCormick

Athletic Training and Minor in Psychology, Senior

Claren McCormick is a Senior at Southwestern College majoring in Athletic Training and minoring in Psychology. She is the starting center for the Lady Builder Basketball Team and is extremely involved in and around campus as a Student Ambassador, Student Government Association Senator, Vice President of the Psychology Club, Sergeant in Arms for the Southwestern College Athletic Training Society, and a member of the Alpha chapter of Pi Gamma Mu, an academic honors society.

Anna Perrenoud

Senior, Business Admin/Marketing, Public Relations Major

Anna Perrenoud

Senior, Business Admin/Marketing, Public Relations Major

Anna Perrenoud is a senior at Northwestern College majoring in public relations and marketing. Perrenoud is a member of the women’s golf team, an editor for the campus newspaper and the marketing coordinator for Northwestern’s campus ministry. She is finishing her college career with an internship in Northwestern’s marketing office and is looking forward to moving to Minneapolis, Minnesota, after graduation.

 

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Glory Turnbull

Art Education (B.A.) and Public History (M.A.), Sophomore

Glory Turnbull

Art Education (B.A.) and Public History (M.A.), Sophomore
Glory Turnbull is sophomore at St. Mary’s University in Texas, studying both a B.A. in Art Education and M.A. in Public History. Glory is a member of the Safe Space LGBT+ club and ECO club as well as a tour guide with the Office of Admissions. They hope to pursue a Ph.D. before the age of 25.

Daniel Ginchereau

History and Secondary Education, Junior

Daniel Ginchereau

History and Secondary Education, Junior

Daniel is from Marlton, NJ, and attends Georgian Court University. He is currently a junior studying history and secondary education. He is involved with many clubs and organizations on campus as well as several honors societies. Last semester, he studied abroad in London where he was able to develop his sense of independence as well as how to navigate in several foreign cities. The best place he visited while abroad was Scotland. He says that, while he also traveled to Switzerland and climbed the magnificent mountains, Scotland was the most beautiful place he has ever been and where he had the most fun. Additionally, he has spoken at several conferences involving gender, race, and slavery. As these subjects are his area of interest, he chose to write about Angela Davis for the final history paper for his degree. And although he graduates next year, he will always be a lion!

 

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Viviane Giurgiuman

Communications and Media, Junior

Viviane Giurgiuman

Communications and Media, Junior

Viviane Giurgiuman is a junior at Seattle University studying Strategic Communications and Business Administration. A first-generation American student, she works in the Admissions Office as a student ambassador and has acted as President for the Seattle University Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter for the past three years.

 

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Asha Stewart

Psychology and Visual Arts, Junior

Asha Stewart

Psychology and Visual Arts, Junior

Asha Stewart is a junior attending Sweet Briar College where they are double majoring in psychology and visual arts. Stewart is involved in the Bee Keeping club and G.L.O.W (Gay Lesbian Or Whatever). They work in Admissions as an Admissions Ambassador and is currently studying abroad in Paris for a semester. 

Katia Cobourn

Public Relations, Sophomore

Katia Cobourn

Public Relations, Sophomore

Katia Cobourn is a sophomore at Otterbein University majoring in public relations. Cobourn is a communication intern at Otterbein University’s Admissions office. She is a member of an Infashion public relations group on campus as well as the public relations manager for her PRSSA chapter.

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Margot Nelson

Professional Writing, Senior

Margot Nelson

Professional Writing, Senior

Margot Nelson is a senior Professional Writing major at Champlain College. She is a student writer for the Marketing department where she writes blog posts, articles, and student profiles. She is also the founder of the hiking club and a volunteer with the Champlain College Apiary. Her work has been published in Teen Vogue, Honey & Lime, Local Wolves, and is forthcoming in Capsule Stories literary magazine.

 

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Simeon Howie

English, Minor in Acting

Simeon Howie

English, Minor in Acting

Simeon Howie is a senior at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho, studying English with a minor in Acting. Over the past few years, he has acted in school plays, sang in the University Choir and Orchestra, and participated on the Speech and Debate team. Simeon loves running, rock climbing, writing poetry, and listening to music in his spare time.

Elizabeth Jacques

Nursing, Sophomore

Elizabeth Jacques

Nursing, Sophomore

Liz Jacques is from Easley, South Carolina, and is a sophomore at Gardner-Webb University. She is enrolled in the Nursing program at the Hunt School of Nursing. Liz is proud to be in the Honors Student Association and is an active leader in Young Life ministry in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. Liz works in the office of Undergraduate Admissions as a Creative Student Recruitment Ambassador, writing blogs and social media posts for the university. She enjoys helping out with event days and reaching out to prospective students and families. Liz also works as a nursing assistant at Oconee Memorial Hospital in Seneca, South Carolina, and spends her free time in a coffee shop catching up with an old friend or writing for herself.

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Mark Haver

Environmental Studies, Marine Biology, Political Science, and Political Communication, Junior

Mark Haver

Environmental Studies, Marine Biology, Political Science, and Political Communication, Junior

Mark Haver is a junior at Florida Southern College, where he is quadruple-majoring in Environmental Studies, Marine Biology, Political Science, and Political Communication. He is an Interview Feature Writer for FSC Admissions. He is the President of the FSC Biological Honors Society and Vice President of FSC Democrats. He is a NOAA Hollings Scholar and currently running for President of Florida College Democrats.

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Ivy Catledge

Double Majoring in Creative Writing and Humanities, minor in Bible Studies, senior

Ivy Catledge

Double Majoring in Creative Writing and Humanities, minor in Bible Studies, senior

Ivy Catledge grew up in a small rural town in Alaska called Glennallen. She is a senior double-majoring in Creative Writing and Humanities with a minor in Bible Studies at Corban University. After graduating in May 2020, she hopes to become a writer and work her way into the editing field.

Maya Jingles

Sociology & Minor in Psychology, Senior

Maya Jingles

Sociology & Minor in Psychology, Senior

Maya Jingles is a senior Sociology Major and Psychology Minor at Purchase College. She works at her on campus convenience store and as an Admissions Ambassador, where she provides campus tours and manages their social media accounts. Maya is also on the Black Graduation  and Academic Standards and Awards Committees. After graduation, Maya will be joining the Children’s Corps where she will work as a caseworker for two years before getting her Masters in Social Work.

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Sasha Feldmann

Liberal Arts, Minors in English, History, and Creative Writing, Senior

Sasha Feldmann

Liberal Arts, Minors in English, History, and Creative Writing, Senior

Sasha Feldmann is a senior at Mount St. Joseph University majoring in Liberal Arts. She has three minors in English, history, and creative writing. She works as a PR and Communications Assistant at the Mount and serves as editor-in-chief of Dateline, the student newspaper.

 

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Alexa Casacci

Cytotechnology with a minor Chemistry and Psychology, Junior

Alexa Casacci

Cytotechnology with a minor Chemistry and Psychology, Junior

Alexa is a junior at Daemen College, majoring in Cytotechnology with a minor in both chemistry and psychology. She is a member of Tri-Beta biological honor society, the executive director and founder of Daemen College’s WildcatTHON, and was previously the vice president of Pre-Med club. Alexa works in the Marketing department on campus, and enjoys helping out on event days!

 

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Lacey Tucker

Engineering, senior

Lacey Tucker

Engineering, senior

Lacey Tucker is a senior at Sweet Briar College from Swansboro, North Carolina, majoring in engineering. She is a captain of the varsity soccer team as well as a member of the varsity tennis team. She is also involved in multiple campus clubs, a member of Sweet Briar’s Peer Educator Health Advocates organization, and acts as a tour guide with the Office of Admissions.

Tiffany Ly

Public Relations and Communication Studies, Junior

Tiffany Ly

Public Relations and Communication Studies, Junior

Tiffany Ly is a junior at Otterbein University and is double majoring in public relations and communication studies. Ly is a communication intern at Otterbein University’s Admissions office this summer and will be starting the Disney College Program this fall. When Ly is not studying, you can find her actively participating in the PRSSA, blasting her saxophone in the music room, or going on adventures with her friends.

 

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Marcos Martins

Theatre Arts/Interpersonal and Organizational Communications, Senior

Marcos Martins

Theatre Arts/Interpersonal and Organizational Communications, Senior

Marcos Martins is a senior Communications and Theatre Arts double major at Florida Southern College. Born in Brazil, he now lives in Florida as a first-generation immigrant and college student. He loves being involved on campus, particularly in his improv comedy troupe, his school’s web show, Student Government, Community Living, and the Office of Admissions.

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Casey Lane

Economics, Sophomore

Casey Lane

Economics, Sophomore

Casey Lane is a sophomore economics major at Lycoming College. She is the Parliamentarian of Student Senate, Vice President of the Lycoming Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and the Member Development Vice President of the Iota Mu Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta.

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Lindsey Hrinowich

Public Relations & Minor in Marketing, Senior

Lindsey Hrinowich

Public Relations & Minor in Marketing, Senior

Lindsey Hrinowich is a senior at Anderson University majoring in public relations and minoring in marketing. Hrinowich is an associate with Fifth Street Communications®, the manager of a call team in Anderson University’s Office of Admissions, and the secretary for her PRSSA chapter. She has held leadership positions throughout her membership in the social and service club, Camarada, for three years.

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